These photos are hard to look at. A group of abused and starving lions in Sudan went viral when activist Osman Salih posted about their plight in a Facebook post. Many people agreed with his statement of “seeing these animals caged and be treated this way made my blood boil.” As a result, the hashtag #sudananimalrescue started trending.
In these painful pictures, the lions are extremely emaciated, and some had wounds, infections, and parasites. Unfortunately, one of the lions passed away soon after being rescued.
He kept an update of the lions’ progress on Facebook, but many people were infuriated when they heard how the lions got to that state.
“Save Sudan’s Starving Lions”
The lions were found at a park whose officials blamed Sudan’s economic crisis for their poor treatment. When Salih found them, they had resided for weeks without proper food or medication. Their cages were filthy and uncared for. They had lost about two-thirds of their body weight.
After seeing Salih’s post, a group of animal activists came to the park.  They found inadequate veterinary care, no schedule for vaccinations, and no feeding regime. Often, the starving lions were left without food for four days in a row.
In an updated post, Salih explains, “The park holds the wildlife police directly responsible for the deteriorating condition of the lions, and stated that the income of the park for a month is not enough to feed one lion for a week.”
He mentions the plan for treating the lions and nursing them back to health. In his conclusion, he writes, “It is extremely important to note that after this post, it has come to our attention that many other parks are in the same poor state. So we hope this initiative can reach out to all wildlife parks and sanctuaries.”
According to Brigadier Essamelddine Hajjar, a manager of Al-Qureshi Park in Khartoum, park officials often had to pay for lion food out of pocket. Additionally, the poor park conditions detrimentally affected the health of the animals inside. The Khartoum municipality manages the park, but it’s partly funded by private donors.